- Turbonetics Energy spunoff and produces highly efficient steam turbine
- Turbonetics Energy Inc. was spun off in 1980 and the basis for its line of products was the Radial-Inflow Steam Turbine, introduced that year. This breakthrough in steam turbine technology, operating in the 500 to 5000 hp range, delivered 73% efficiency which significantly reduced operating costs.
- Stirling Cycle Engine usage expands to NASA
- In 1988 MTI received a $15.4 million contract from NASA to develop a Stirling engine for use in space.